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Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
(WJGhouse) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Re: Fry Pan on 01/23/2010 21:41:53 MST Print View

"I'll try to hit my Boulder REI tomorrow and see if those 2.6 oz. guys are still on the rack"

Thanks. The closest REI to me is three hours away. Was there a couple days ago, but this wasn't on my radar.

I saw a design on (now outtastock) that looked like one or two layers of stainless window screen material in a metal frame. Looked like something a DIYer could build.

Joseph Morrison
(sjdm4211) - F

Locale: Smokies
"Fry Pan?" on 01/23/2010 22:32:08 MST Print View

My suggestions only help if you can build a fire but:

Trout is best cooked wrapped in aluminum foil over some hot coals. Squeeze some lemon juice(if you like it) on the fish, wrap it up and check every few minutes for the eye balls to turn white(indicator that its done). The skin will be hard and will pull right off and you have little to no clean up.

I also fry bacon, country ham, potatos and make fritters on aluminum foil. Take a metal coat hanger and form it into a circle with the hook as a handle. Then put the aluminum foil folded over two or three times on the coat hanger by pinching it around the rim. Works great, is much lighter than a frying pan and cost almost nothing.


Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
lazy flames on 01/24/2010 00:10:19 MST Print View

I agree with Gary and Theron. One of the problems with LW canister stoves is the concentrated flame pattern. A lazy sterno (or, for that matter laminar alcohol stove) flame, or wood flame/charcoal heat works much better with these thin pots for heat distribution. A cat-can stove + fuel weigh very little. Wood (if it is possible where you hike) makes a nice ambiance too.

Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
(WJGhouse) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Re: T-Fal One Egg Wonder Skillet on 01/24/2010 06:17:08 MST Print View

"Kinda small at 4-3/4", but I've seen a couple of really positive reviews of a T-Fal "One Egg Wonder" fry pan."

I checked out the vids, and this looks like a cool solution for a soloist! I like it. I wonder how much that handle weighs ...

David White
(davidw) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: T-Fal One Egg Wonder Skillet on 01/24/2010 09:21:02 MST Print View

I don't have one (yet) so this is just me thinking aloud; but it seems like you could cut up the fish to fit the pan and just cook multiple batches. Multiple batches would require more fuel, but I very much doubt the weight of the extra fuel would come close to the extra weight of a larger skillet.

I'm also wondering about drilling out the rivets that keep the handle on and substituting something lighter. If you install the new handle with wing nuts, it would also be removable and require less pack space.

I don't remember the price Tinny quoted; but I recall thinking it was really inexpensive. Sounds like experiments are called for!!!

Lori P
(lori999) - F

Locale: Central Valley
Re: Re: T-Fal One Egg Wonder Skillet on 01/24/2010 09:33:09 MST Print View

I would like to get rid of the handle and use a little silicon grippy instead. The handle makes it tippy unless there's enough food in.... But, the whole thing does fit in a bear canister if the can's not terribly full.

And if you leave it out on a rock, the marmots will clean it for you... a hiking buddy got pictures of that...

Bailey Gin
(pugslie) - F

Locale: SLO County
Re: Re: Re: T-Fal One Egg Wonder Skillet on 01/24/2010 10:15:23 MST Print View

You can hacksaw the handle down a bit:
1 egg wonder

Probably cut it down to where the indentation starts...from pan that is. Careful thou...handle gets hotter as the it shorter.


Edited by pugslie on 01/24/2010 10:39:39 MST.

JR Redding
(GrinchMT) - F
Re: Re: T-Fal One Egg Wonder Skillet on 01/24/2010 15:04:10 MST Print View

"I wonder how much that handle weighs ..."

It's negligible. I removed the handle and saved an ounce, but gripping it with pot grippers soon tore up the edges. Of course you can get them for 6 dollars so it is a cheap disposable item if needed.

Additionally, outdoors with a canister stove, it works best with a windscreen. Somewhere here on the forums is DIY thread for a homemade windscreen for canister stoves. You can modify that so that it extends beyond the height of the pan, and about 50% around the circumference of the pan itself, and it will work nicely in the cold or with a light wind.

However, for general use, the GSI toaster I pointed out yesterday worked real well as a diffuser. We've also cooked trout on top of the toaster wrapped in foil. There are alot of uses for that little gadget, and for the pan.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Heat diffuser for William on 01/24/2010 20:56:21 MST Print View

William, I went to my REI this afternoon, and they had 2 of the Backpacker's Pantry "Scorch Buster & Riser Bar" setups that I had mentioned. I bought them both, not knowing if they would ever be back on the shelf. I thought I'd mail one or both to you if you wanted them. They cost $15.50 each + tax, arghhh... Then I checked out BP's web site, and they are selling the Scorch Buster (w/o the silly riser bar) for just $5.90 (+ shipping). So, bottom line, I'll take the ones I bought back to REI for a refund, and you can choose whether to buy one or two (or none) from BP directly. I do believe that they are the best and lightest heat diffusers out there, unless you want to try a 3/8" piece of homemade copper plate or a pie tin or something. Good luck with your quest.

Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
(WJGhouse) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Re: Heat diffuser for William on 01/24/2010 21:45:25 MST Print View

"They cost $15.50 each + tax, arghhh... "

I was thinking that the diffuser would make a Ti pan tolerable, and would probably make an Al pan even better!

I went to BP's web site, and indeed they sell it for $5.90 + shipping, but the cheapest shipping option is $10.21 for a total of $16.11. I'll look around the net a bit more, then probably push the button on it.

Thanks for your recommendation and legwork!


Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
heat diffuser on 01/24/2010 22:18:04 MST Print View

Have you considered just cutting the bottom off a coffee tin? I also seem to recall an optional plate being available for drip coffee makers called something like a scortch plate.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: heat diffuser on 01/25/2010 14:26:31 MST Print View

I picked up an 8" Al fry pan from "The Dollar Store" today. After removing the handle and rivets that held it, weigh in is at 5.9oz.

Add to that my weight cut Al pot lifter at 29g, that's a 7oz solution, which also gives me an excuse to bring the pot lifter, to use with handle free Ti pot, which saves my fingers.

$8 ($3 for the generic pot lifter) and a bit of time. Only 2 ounces more than the 5oz REI/Evernew Ti fry pans that cost ~$50, with their folding handles.

It's not flimsy aluminum either. I mean, I bent it on purpose with a hammer, and could with my hands, but not easily. It's just thick enough to be reasonably strong, and still cook a good egg.

Save yourself some cash.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Heat diffuser on 01/25/2010 14:43:57 MST Print View

Bill, I sent you a PM

Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
(WJGhouse) - MLife

Locale: Western Michigan
Re: Re: heat diffuser on 01/26/2010 20:04:22 MST Print View

"$8 ($3 for the generic pot lifter) and a bit of time. Only 2 ounces more than the 5oz REI/Evernew Ti fry pans"

Thanks. I was in Wally World yesterday and scanned the pans they had for sale. They were out of the One Egg Wonder ... I found myself hefting several pans, wishing I had a scale with me ...

(I am still enamored with the Banks)

I'm looking forward to playing with whatever I settle on with both a canister and an alcohol stove, and with and without the diffuser Gary helped me find.

Thanks everyone

>> Bender <<
(Bender) - MLife

Locale: NEO
One Egg Wonder on 01/26/2010 21:18:25 MST Print View

Does anyone know the weight of a One Egg Wonder? I hear its around 5 oz or so but I'm not sure.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: One Egg Wonder on 01/26/2010 21:29:26 MST Print View

That's what I've thought also, it has a really heavy handle. I never got one, it's too freakin' small for anything I make besides eggs. The pan I got from Dollar General is about the same gauge, and the handle was alot of the weight.

8" is the perfect size IMHO, you can fry a trout with the head and tail cut off, and it's perfect for quesadillas.

Anyone interested in some pics and more info about my fry-pan setup, I started a thread in the food section detailing it, along with some exact weights.

Actually I think I said it was from "the dollar store" before, but it was "Dollar General" the one i got from the dollar store was $1 cheaper, but heavier.

William McCreight

Locale: Oregon, USA
One Egg Wonder Weight on 01/26/2010 22:31:19 MST Print View

Just got one yesterday, and 4.94 oz on my scale.

Michael Meiser
(mmeiser) - F

Locale: Michigan
One Egg Wonder handle alternatives? on 01/27/2010 11:02:26 MST Print View

Anyone have any idea how heavy the one egg wonder is without the handle?

Also has anyone tried crafting an alternative handle?

Seems like you could replace the handle with a old school riveted on slot.. i.e. the kind a minimal handle slides right into from underneath.

Alternatively Perhaps using titanium stakes, perhaps creating a mount that can use any old stick from the woods?

Come to think of it has anyone ever crafted a mount for a pot or pan that can use a stick from the woods? Seems like a stick wood handle would work pretty darn effective. If only to extend and insulate a minimalist metal handle.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
TI...AAAaaarrrrggghhhh! on 01/28/2010 12:51:48 MST Print View

I hate, hate, hate my ti skillet. Lousy heat dissipation resulting in a hot spot. Ti must be made very thin B/C it's 2X heavier than aluminum by volume.

I'm looking for an aluminum skillet W/anodized non-stick inner finish. I'll permenantly remove any handle and use my pot gripper.

Love my pancakes & sausage in winter. Frying freeze-dried omlettes (in a bit of squeeze type margarine) after rehydrating just makes 'em taste better.

P.S. The MSR BlackLite pan looks to be the best bet.
P.P.S. I got a Brunton FLEX canister stove burner for its wider burner ring than my Vargo JET-TI stove. Really like it for only 0.7 oz. more than the JET-TI.

Edited by Danepacker on 01/28/2010 13:15:28 MST.

Andrew Wilson
(andreww) - MLife

Locale: Vosges
Repurposed muffin tin. on 01/28/2010 13:35:43 MST Print View

I was reading another post, and it occurred to me that if you cut out one "muffin spot" from a grande size (think Costco) muffin tin, it would be egg sized, superiorly lightweight, aluminum, and likely nonstick. You could rivet a Ti wire handle, or some such geekery, and have a superbly clever DIY solution. Send me a picture.